We look to financial advisors to help with the technical mechanics of financial planning, but increasingly we look for advisors to help in managing our financial lives; to serve as expert advisors; and to shape our behaviors to ensure that we can meet goals that are critical to us. DataPoints works with advisers that are focused on their clients well-being–many of whom operate under a fiduciary standard that demands that they never fail to do[…]
Last week, DataPoints and our Building Wealth test were featured in Michael Kitces’ Nerd’s Eye View blog. The review covered the history of DataPoints’ research (going back to The Millionaire Next Door), and how results can be used with prospective and current clients. Read the full article here!
Using an arbitrary minimum asset level for clients unduly limits the market for financial services providers to those who have already “made it,” and ignores the substantial number of prospects that are ultimately headed for financial success. For advisors, using minimums often means excluding the coveted Millennial group because they do not meet asset requirements . . . yet. So why does the industry continue to focus on current asset levels? Defining target markets by easy-to-measure[…]
If clients are to increase their likelihood of becoming wealthy, they have to understand and change how they behave with respect to areas that are, perhaps, a little more personal. Clients that focus intently on what others buy and consistently want the latest and greatest in possessions (such as technology or accessories) are less likely to build wealth over time. Social Indifference predicts net worth regardless of age, income, or how much wealth one inherits[…]